During the week ending on August 13, Nigeria reported an additional 10 confirmed Lassa fever cases as the incidence continues to increase despite ongoing efforts to control the disease.
The new cases were reported from the following states: Lagos (4), Edo (2), Plateau (2), Ondo (1), and Ogun (1). One individual died in Lagos.
Since the resurgence of the current Lassa fever outbreak in December 2016, 710 suspected cases including 114 deaths (overall case fatality rate 16.1%) have been reported, to date.
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the resurgence of Lassa fever cases in Nigeria in the recent weeks is concerning.
Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever illness that is known to be endemic in various West African countries including Nigeria and causes outbreaks almost every year in different parts of the region, with yearly peaks observed between December and June.
Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic fever illness. Lassa fever is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or feces. Person-to-person infections and laboratory transmission can also occur.
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